Halloween is such a fun holiday when you’re teaching young children because there are just so many ways that you can work it into their education.
And just because it’s Halloween, doesn’t mean that your chosen activities have to be scary!
While it’s typically known as the spookiest holiday of the year, there are so many ways to make some Halloween-themed activities that are way more silly than they are scary!
These printable monster counting mats are the perfect example of that type of fun learning activity!
These adorable little monsters aren’t the least bit spooky and they’re perfect for working on a ton of early math skills!
Practice Counting Monster Eyes
All you need to start counting some silly monster eyes are some googly eyes and a dry erase marker.
You’ll be able to work on counting, number recognition, number words, and even fine motor skills and your kids won’t even realize they’re learning with this fun counting activity!
Prepping the Monster Counting Mats
When it comes to prep work, these Halloween counting mats are about as easy as it gets!
Just print them off and run them through your laminator if you’d like.
Laminating them allows you to reuse them over and over again with a dry erase marker, but isn’t required for use.
Using the Monster Counting Mats
Once the number mats are ready to go, it’s time to start counting some monster eyes!
In this printable set, you’ll find ten counting mats covering numbers 1-10.
Each of these mats has a large numeral at the top and two tracing lines underneath that will give your child the opportunity to practice writing both the numeral and the number word for each number.
The right half of the mat is covered by a silly purple monster that has no eyes.
That’s where your little learners will come in!
They’ll need to count out the correct number of googly eyes for that mat and place them on the monster’s face.
If you’d prefer not to laminate the mats, you can have your children glue the eyes on instead.
Either way, they’ll not only work on their counting and number recognition skills, but they’ll get the chance to work on their handwriting and fine motor skills as well!